Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Happiest of Thanksgivings

Eventually, I'd like to blog once a week, but I sure am off to a slow start with that goal!

It's been a while since my last update, but life has been packed since school began. Our sons are football players, and our daughters are cheerleaders, so fall is just a smidge exhausting. Add to that my teaching schedule and a huge party I've spent a couple months planning, and my spare time is pretty limited.

A couple of weeks ago, I completed the line edits on Dying to Remember, and I've been working on a proposal, which I hope to submit by the end of this month. Originally, I'd planned to submit in October, but things got a little hairy around here.

Slowly, however, activities are dying down. Our oldest just finished his first season of high school football. Our second son played his last 7th grade football game last night. The girls cheered in their last game before play-offs on Saturday, and Sunday they performed at the Cheer-Off competition. Despite all the craziness and my own sheer exhaustion, it's been a great fall so far. 

Friday was the one-year anniversary of when Aaliyah's tumor was discovered,  but instead of mourning over the day, we celebrated how far we've come. If you want the details of Aaliyah's surprise party, hop over to her Caring Bridge page; I posted a standing link on the right side of my home page.

So, what now?

As obligations drop away, I'm toying with a new writing schedule for myself. I have several types of projects I'd like to work on, but I know I need to set some realistic goals and start ticking them off, or I'm at risk for getting caught back in the procrastination-and-fear-of-failure cycle. I'll try to check back here at the end of the month to update my progress.

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving, we were released from the hospital after having spent 14 days straight there. We got to spend most of the day together as a family until Aaliyah struck another fever, and we had to go back to the hospital, where we were admitted for almost another full week. It was the worst November in history - and Thanksgiving has since taken on a whole new meaning for our family. May you always remember that time is a gift.